Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Muhamed Besic and Kevin Mirallas will miss the Capital One Cup second leg semi-final against Manchester City on Wednesday night (27 January) after the duo suffered injuries during defeat to Swansea City at the weekend.
The Spanish boss did have good news for Toffees fans, however, as Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, Tom Cleverley, Steven Pienaar and James McCarthy are all fit to play.
Martinez hopes his side can take advantage of their 2-1 victory at Goodison Park in the first leg to book a place in the final, putting the disappointing 2-1 home setback to the Welsh side on Sunday behind them.
"Of course the disappointments are painful at the moment because the results haven't reflected the football we are playing," Martinez said in a press conference ahead of the game, urging his side to react and get themselves a spot in the Capital One Cup final.
The boss lamented the absences of Besic and Mirallas for the crucial game after the duo limped off during the match with Swansea due to a hamstring and a knee problem respectively. However, he believes the return of of the experienced Jagielka could boost Everton's options against City's much-feared attack.
"As we expected, Mo Besic and Kevin Mirallas won't be available tomorrow. We will have a bit more detail [about their injuries] today when both players will be reassessed," Martinez said, while confirming the return of Jagielka after he was rested against Swansea.
"Phil is a very important player and we have to remember that he was out for a long time. It's a real opportunity for us to have Phil Jagielka refreshed and fully fit going into tomorrow's game. We need to make sure we use the squad wisely and well," he said.
"There was good news in terms of Seamus Coleman coming on [against Swansea] and showing no effects of being injured. He looks fully fit and we look forward to him participating in the squad."
The manager, who confirmed that Joel Robles will play in goal ahead of Tim Howard, added that Tom Cleverley and Steven Pienaar are also fit. He suggested that McCarthy will play a part in the game despite being out of action since defeat to Stoke City in late December.
"James McCarthy should be available and we need to finalise tonight what role he has to play tomorrow," he added.
Reports in Spain have claimed that Everton are keen on meeting the €10m (£7.3m, $10.8m) release clause of Espanyol forward Felipe Caicedo following the departure of Steven Naismith to Norwich City.
But asked about whether he expects any signing to replace the 29-year-old forward, Martinez said: "At the moment there is nothing to mention. Obviously the window is still open until 1 February but there is nothing to be mention. ]There are no updates on any] ins and outs"